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Governor forms panel on pipeline technology

Golden Valley News of Beach, North Dakota

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BISMARCK - Gov. Jack Dalrymple has announced the formation of an advisory panel tasked with researching the latest available technologies for enhanced pipeline safety.

Dairymple has formed a 15-member advisory panel and has directed its members to study and provide recommendations regarding the best available technologies to improve the monitoring and control of oil and gas pipeline systems in North Dakota. The technical working group is made up of private-sector engineers, energy industry leaders and state and federal officials.

"The work of this advisory panel is very focused, with the single goal of helping us identify the best technological solutions to enhance the monitoring and control of pipeline flows," Dalrymple said. "Pipelines are essential to the safe and efficient shipment of North Dakota's vast oil and gas resources, but their operation requires a total commitment to protecting our public health, our water supplies and the environment as a whole."

Dalrymple said the panel's recommendations will be available to landowners, legislators, regulators, local officials and the general public. The panel's findings also will be helpful in broader discussions regarding pipeline regulatory policy.

During a meeting with Dalrymple in November, officials from the federal Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Administration (PHMSA) agreed to have technical staff serve on the governor's advisory panel. PHMSA oversees the operation of oil pipelines in North Dakota.

"We expect pipeline operators in North Dakota to use best practices and that may mean going above and beyond existing requirements to monitor and control pipeline flows," Dalrymple said.

Dalrymple asked researchers, private industry and government officials who recommended experts in pipeline technology to serve on the advisory panel. The governor's advisory panel is made up of private-sector engineers, representatives from pipeline companies operating in the state, the North Dakota State University Center for Surface Protection, the North Dakota Pipeline Authority the federal Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration and state officials. The panel's members are:

- Niles Hushka, Chief Executive Officer, KLJ engineering - Mike Seminary - business development manager, Houston Engineering

Technical staff - federal Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration

- Lynn Helms - director, North Dakota Dept. of Mineral Resources

- Sandi Tabor - former North Dakota Transmission Authority Director, Director of Government Relations, KLJ engineering

- Technical staff,- North Dakota

State University Center for Surface Protection, Department of Coatings and Polymeric Materials

- Wayne Armenta - Workforce, Safety and Field Operations, ONEOK Partners

- Kari Cutting - vice president, North Dakota Petroleum Council

- Arti Bhatia - director of Pipeline and Corridor Risk Management, Alliance Pipeline

- Patrick Fahn - director of compliance, North Dakota Public Service Commission

- Scott Fradenburgh - vice president of Operations, WBI Energy

- Brent Horton - director of engineering for North Dakota, Enbridge Pipeline

- Mike McGrath - pipeline safety, performance and compliance, Alliance Pipeline

- Tad True - vice president, Bridger and Belle Fourche Pipeline

- Justin Kringstad - director, North Dakota Pipeline Authority

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Original Publication Date: January 2, 2014

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